A number of local non-profits, churches, and our local community are getting a helping hand thanks to the Scarlet Pearl Casino.
On a typical work day you’d find Executive Chef Anthony Rametta preparing and overseeing food at one of the Scarlet Pearl Casino’s restaurants, but with the casino-wide shut down due to the Coronavirus, he and fellow employees are putting other skills to work.
Loading up food donations, lots of them, for worthy causes, this batch going to provide free meals for kids at the Canopy Child Advocacy Center’s two locations in Gulfport and Pascagoula. Canopy Child Advocacy Center of South Mississippi Program Director Krystle Hilliard said, “This truly is a very good time for us to reach out to those families, parents who are not working at this time. It’s just a hardship on them. We want to make sure we are there to provide this service, and like I said, we are so thankful for the Scarlet Pearl for giving us this donation.”
Next in line was the Mount Olive Lodge to feed kids in Gulfport. Quentin Lyles with the Mount Olive Lodge #83 said, “The plan is to feed the kids healthy food Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. right at our Lodge at 8280 Alabama Avenue right there in the North Gulfport community at Mount Olive Lodge # 83. The kids are used to normally eating that school lunch. With them not having that we saw a need in our community to feed our kids in our community because they may not be able to make it to schools, because they’re not close enough to walk. So we decided to put something right there in the neighborhood for the kids to have a good healthy lunch.”
On top of these donations, three hundred meals were served at Infinity Church in D’Iberville Friday at lunch time.
The Scarlet Pearl has been distributing food and donations throughout our community for the past week, a task Chef Anthony and others are more than happy to carry out. “It’s a family atmosphere, the ownership and the executive team, they’ve really shown that we are family. That means a lot to us. We’re going to do anything we can for them and the community. They’re big advocates of the family, the community. If it wasn’t for the community, we wouldn’t want to be here to begin with. We really just want to push that and be part of that.”